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Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Alexander Lucie-Smith is a Catholic priest, doctor of moral theology and consulting editor of The Catholic Herald. On Twitter he is @ALucieSmith

Thank God for Jung Chang, who told the truth about China

Jung Chang talks to journalist during opening ceremony of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in February 2013 (PA)

There is no one better than a repentant fanatic to tell us how wicked fanaticism can be

The redemptive power of Our Lady of Sorrows is perfectly encapsulated by Michelangelo’s Pietà

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

To contemplate one of the great artist’s masterworks it is to experience an inkling of what redemption entails

What should you do when a child starts crying during Mass?

A boy hugs Pope Francis while he is trying to deliver a speech (Photo: PA)

A noisy child is a challenge for the whole congregation, not just for the priest and parents

Libya’s Christian community is not the first to face extinction in North Africa

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya in July (PA)

The Church west of Egypt has long been plagued by heresy, piracy and persecution

The decline in Confession is the most vivid illustration of the Church’s fall

Confession: its decline mirrors that of the Church (CNS)

If Confession fades away, so does Holy Communion

Islamic State is seeking to bully the world

Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by militants with the Islamic State group (PA)

In the land of IS, terror is once again the order of the day

Voyeurs looking at leaked celebrity photos are not simply sinful

Actor Jennifer Lawrence is among the victims of the celebrity photo leak (AP)

This may seem a minor matter, but it is not: it tells us a lot about our sick culture

I am part-Scottish and part-English, and I think we are better off sticking together

Scotland goes to the polls this month

We are a family, and like any family have our differences

Catholics must atone for their anti-Semitism

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis induction and predecessor Lord Sacks (PA)

Hatred of the Jews has never gone away, and we must do everything to resist its return

What the alcoholic St Monica teaches us about redemption

Monica and Augustine, as portrayed in the film 'Restless Heart' (CNS)

Like her son St Augustine, she overcame many difficulties to achieve sanctity